Date: 24th March 2020 at 7:25am
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A report has stated that the Toffees have made a transfer bid to seal the arrival of Gabriel Magalhães from LOSC Lille in the summer.

According to L’Equipe, as cited by Sport Witness, Carlo Ancelotti’s side has made an offer between €27 million and €32 million (£25.3m and £30m) alongside an Italian club for the defender.

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To kick off this quiz of the goings-on with the Toffees last week, which Serie A goalkeeper was linked with a switch to the club?

Supposed visit to facilities

According to the same report, the Brazilian defender was due to visit Everton’s facilities after the bid was made by the Toffees, however, that has not materialised due to the club closing their facilities (per Everton).

The link between the Merseyside club and Magalhães has been ever-present since the January transfer window, with Le10 Sport originally reporting the story, as cited by Sport Witness.

Would you be happy to see Gabriel Magalhães arrive at Goodison Park in the summer?

Yes, seems like he will add something

No, he doesn't seem good enough

TiF Tactics – Is Magalhães an upgrade?

Ancelotti currently has three main central defenders at his disposal, those being Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane (per Transfermarkt).

The best-performing player of those three has been Mina, who has had a solid 6.85/10 average rating in the Premier League so far this term (per WhoScored).

However, Lille’s 22-year-old defender has performed marginally better so far this season in Ligue 1, with a 6.93/10 average rating (per WhoScored).

When comparing the duo’s defensive statistics, they appear to be very similar in their abilities, with both having made similar numbers of tackles and interceptions in their respective leagues on average.

The Colombian has made 1.5 tackles and 1.0 interceptions per league game on average (per WhoScored), whereas Magalhães has 1.7 tackles per 90 and 0.9 interceptions (per WhoScored).

So, it is clear that the Brazilian defender will certainly add something to the Toffees, however, his talents may not be all that greater than what Ancelotti already has in Mina.